“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: ‘ick.’ Find a word with ‘ick’ in it or use it as a word itself. Have fun!” – Linda G. Hill
We did house painting four out of five days this week. The outside temperature was in upper 90o, while the inside was in 80o. By midnight on Friday, we finished painting three bedrooms and the hallway upstairs plus the stairway. Even though the inside was cooler than outside, but upstairs was like an oven. My husband wanted all the windows open to vent the fume from the paint. He didn’t want to have the fan on because the fan would stir up the dust and got into his eye. The first half an hour of each day, he was sweaty and sticky already.
I did all the taping and peeling off the tapes on the door trims because I’m very picky. I want clean and clear lines between the walls and door trims. A couple hours after the finished painting was the best time to peel off the tapes. I used a utility knife to slit, separate the paint from the tapes before I peeled them off.
We did our bedroom on Friday. We had to keep working until all the tapes were peeled off, the furniture was moved back to the original positions, and everything was put back in the closet and drawer. The last 15 minutes of work, I felt pretty sick and exhausted. Mentally we tried to push to the finishing line, but my voice got funny, and my body told me that I went over the limit.
It was 11:45 p.m. when we put the sheets and cover on the bed. I rushed to the bathroom and soaked in a nice Eucalyptus sea salt and bubble warm bath for 20 minutes. It was a nice and quick relaxant to my tightening muscles. We went to sleep with just a click!
We haven’t had the interior of the house painted for also ten years. Some paint got scratched off or just looks old. Our house faces north and south, so do most of our windows. That means we don’t get the sun when the sun rises and we don’t get the sun when sunsets either. The good advantage of it is that the house keeps cool. The disadvantage is that the house is not too bright with natural sunlight. We have several skylights, that helps to bring some sunlight into the house.
I do want my house looks brighter, so we don’t need to depend on turning the lights on all the time. My husband finally agreed on the color I picked for the major rooms where we spend a lot of our time. This time I really want to paint in lighter beige color with a warmer tone rather than yellowish tone.
The projected has started today. Since I’m the picky one, I do the detail work. We just had new doors and new door trims several years ago. I don’t want the paint accidentally touches on the trims. So I use the 3M tapes to tape the trims. All my husband has to do is to paint the areas that are not covered by the tapes. He knows his strength and tolerance. He stopped working before he gets too tired. When he gets tired, he gets frustrated. I want this to be a pleasant project. Something we could work together.
He is happy with the arrangement. We had a good day working together on the first day. Hopefully, we could finish the big project by Friday. I promised to treat him for a nice dinner at any restaurants, After all, he would be doing most of the work!